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Don’t panic. I’m not your niece, Mary. I’m not really sure if we are related. Recently, a die-hard Republican I know told me he is distantly related to seven U.S. Presidents, including George Washington and Barack Obama.

I joked with him that I’m probably related to you, Mr. President, but then it dawned on me — My mother’s family is German and Swedish. My father’s is Scottish and Irish, so . . .